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Keith, William H, Jr

(1950-    ) US author who has specialized in Military SF sequences, often Tied to Games or other proprietary worlds; it is presumed that those written for enterprises like the Wargame Battletech are Sharecrops. He is efficient and prolific, but relatively few individual characteristics manifest themselves. Though his very frequent use of pseudonyms – some of them with his brother, Andrew Keith, some of them not necessarily revealed, as well as his work as a ghostwriter ...

Haldeman, Joe

(1943-    ) US author who took a BS in physics and astronomy before serving as a combat engineer in Vietnam (1968-1969), where he was severely wounded, earning a Purple Heart; later, in 1975, he took an MFA. This range of degrees was an early demonstration of the range of interests that have shaped the Hard SF with which he has sometimes been identified; his experiences in Vietnam have in fact marked everything he has written, including his first book, War Year (1972), a ...

Sheng Keyi

(1973-    ) Chinese author who came to writing as a mature student after late teens and twenties spent in a variety of professions. Her stories frequently dwell on the formative event of her teenage years – the Tiananmen Square Incident of 1989, which she observed first through the prism of state media, and only later came to appreciate as a moment of deeper resonance. / A strong thread of Feminism runs through Sheng's work, first visible in her non-genre stories ...

Stern, J David

(1886-1971) US newspaper publisher and author. His Eidolon: A Philosophical Phantasy Built on a Syllogism (1952) tells of a virgin birth (see Religion) and an enigmatic Messiah figure. Stern should not be confused with his son, David J Stern (1909-2003), who created Francis the Talking Mule in his novel Francis (1946). [PN/DRL]

Harding, Lee

(1937-    ) Australian freelance photographer and author who was involved in activities of Australian Fandom, including Fanzines, before 1955, under the name Leo Harding; he began publishing sf with "Displaced Person" for Science Fantasy #46 in April 1961, eventually expanding this story as Displaced Person (1979; rev vt Misplaced Persons 1979). Aimed – like The Weeping Sky (1977) and Waiting for the End of the World (1983), which are equally impressive – at a ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...



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